Family members, educators and professionals who live and work with autistic individuals will soon have the opportunity to gain valuable resources and greater understanding of the individuals thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Aroostook Autism Support Group.

Aroostook Autism Support Group

 

 

The first Aroostook County Autism Conference takes place on Friday, October 7, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The Aroostook Autism Support Group began in 2012 with a dream of just a few parents. With a lot of effort on the part of the founders, combined with support from individuals and organizations from across The County, they have been making great things happen.

The Autism Conference will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch provided. Keynote speakers for the morning session will be Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher, from the documentary Wretches and Jabberers.

The afternoon keynote presenter will be Dr. Margaret Bauman, who mapped the first differences between a typical brain and a brain with autism.  Her discovery demonstrated for the first time that autism was related to abnormalities of brain development and not to poor parenting.

 

Pre-registration is required and must be received no later than Monday, September 26. No walk-in registration will be available. The cost is $25 for an individual with ASD; $45 for parents, guardians, non-profit organizations, and students; and $60 for professionals, with a continuing education credit (CEU) if needed. All fees are non-refundable.

For more information you can visit the event page on Facebook, or email aasgmaine@gmail.com. For special accommodations call (207) 227-0601. To register visit www.aroostookautismsupportgroup.org/october-conference.html.

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